The Oak Mirror & a History Lesson
I had no idea that there was a history lesson waiting inside of this mirror when it was gifted to me by my Fairy Godmother. It was mentioned a few weeks ago, so let's get to it, shall we?
The mirror showed up on my front porch with lots of chipping blue paint.
It actually flaked off with a touch of a fingernail and I could see it was made of oak. Here's a close-up of the design at the top:
I knew I had to get rid of that paint and show-off the wood, so I started to dismantle the back to remove the mirror. There was some wire for hanging and very old paper that flaked right off.
Once that was removed, I could see some tiny nails that held a piece of cardboard in place.
With a pair of pliers, I carefully removed those, lifted the cardboard off the back, tossed it on the floor, and continued to remove tiny nails. There were SO many and they were all dropped onto that piece of cardboard. I scooped up the paper flakes, put them on the cardboard and brought it all inside to dump in the trash. As I tipped the cardboard to dump everything, I noticed something on the other side. This is what I found:
I was astonished - I had just thrown it on the floor! This photo was approximately 22 inches wide and 13 inches high. The best part? It was in very good condition. I showed my husband who immediately started an online search for those initials. Sadly, he came up with nothing, so I contacted the historical society's website, leaving them a message describing what I had found and offering the photo to them. In no time at all I had a response. This is what it said:
After painting and distressing that portion of the frame, golden oak stain was applied.
I decided to keep the original mirror since the silver was in decent shape - far from perfect, but decent. Using the cardboard and photo as a template, I cut a piece of mdf for a backing.
A sawtooth hanger was added and the mirror was finished.
Old things have always fascinated me and I've always said they have stories to tell. Little did I know this story was hiding in plain sight.
What stories/history lessons have you found lately?